The 2017 IndieCork Film Festival came to a close this weekend presenting the very best in Cork, Irish and international independent film and music over October 8th – 15th.
Several local and international feature films received their Irish premiere at the festival, including Luca Guagdanino’s, Call Me By Your Name. This edition also created programme partnerships with the Visegrad nations, O’Bhéal, the German Short Film Association and Filmbase, among others.
“IndieCork is genuinely contributing to the artistic life of Cork City through a local and national perspective, but we also connect internationally to the worlds of independent film and music making,” said Una Feely, co-director of IndieCork.
To close the 2017 edition, the festival honoured filmmakers who embody the creativity, imagination, and tenacious spirit of independent cinema. Among work presented, IndieCork awarded Best Irish Short Film to Mike Hannon for “The Cloud of Unknowing”; Creative Cork Best Short to Killian Pettit for “Anxiety High”; Best World Short to a Belgian duo, William Hanne and Yann Bonin, for their film “KL”.
Gerald Walsh, a festival favourite, was awarded this year’s Spirit of IndieCork award for his consistently creative and evocative feature films.
In addition, the Ó’Bhéal Poetry Film award went to Kayla Jeanson for her film, “Descrambled Eggs” and the Ronan Phelan Script Award was given to Mark Dollard, for his script, “The Story of Aylan”, a prize awarded by Filmbase.
In the music categories, Gunther Berkus was awarded the Pioneering Musical Practice award for his contribution to music and culture scenes in Cork. Séan Murphy and Daithi Mac Cruitín, better known as Spekulativ Fiktion and Mankyy, were honoured with the Emerging Music Award for their latest EP release, interpretation of and devotion to the Irish art and music scene.
“This has been the biggest step forward in the music programme, represented by the diversity of talent we showcased,” said Tony Langlois, IndieCork’s music programmer. “We are delighted to award and highlight the immense contribution by pioneer, Gunther Berkus, and the dynamic talents of Spekulativ Fiktion and Mankyy, in the world of underground hip-hop.”